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Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and Franklin University Announce New Co-Locations Agreement

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH and Olney and Wabash, IL —

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) and Franklin University announce their new agreement to offer Franklin University’s 3+1 Business Administration completion programs onsite at IECC’s Olney Central College and Wabash Valley College locations.

Through the new agreement, the two institutions have created a pathway for students to complete their bachelor degrees by transferring their IECC associate’s degree to Franklin. Students can take Franklin classes in a face-to-face format onsite at IECC’s Olney Central College and Wabash Valley Colleges  in Franklin’s 3+1 Business Administration completion programs starting this winter.

“The signing of our co-location partnership with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges provides students in Olney, Mt. Carmel and surrounding areas with the unique opportunity to benefit from an expanded physical and financial access to education,” said Samantha Shear, Director of Community College Alliance and Domestic Locations at Franklin University. “Today’s announcement not only adds to the strong partnership between our two institutions, but continues efforts to provide students with a cost-effective and access-oriented option to complete a degree.”

Through this new co-location agreement, students benefit from Franklin’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree. This transfer-friendly policy, coupled with the University’s convenient class schedules and regionally accredited curriculum allow today’s adult students to achieve their education and career goals in balance with their personal, career, and financial responsibilities, all while staying within their own community.

Franklin University has a long-standing relationship with more than 230 community and technical colleges across the country to provide greater access to students of all ages through its Community College Alliance (CCA). One of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, Franklin’s CCA Program serves students by providing a bachelor’s degree through a combination of courses taken at community colleges and on campus or online through Franklin.

By expanding its CCA relationship to create partnerships such as this new co-location partnership, IECC students at Olney Central College and Wabash Valley Colleges benefit from a new face-to-face bachelor completion option with a university they know and trust.

For information on how students can maximize IECC credits to cut the total cost of a bachelor’s degree in half by choosing Franklin - a private, nonprofit and regionally accredited institution, visit:

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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